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2012-05-21

Throughout the Torah, we come across a number of censuses, counting Bnei Yisrael. Sefer Bamidbar begins with one of these censuses taking place, but how does this one differ from the others?

The great Reb Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev explains that since this was the first counting of people which took place after receiving the Torah, there has got to be something monumental about it. The Berditchever says that when Moshe Rabbeinu counted every Jew, he finally realized the purpose of receiving the Torah.

When commanding Moshe Rabbeinu to count each person, G-d himself was letting him (and all of us) know that if he really wants to understand what G-d is all about – you have to count every person. To be G-dly doesn’t just mean to follow the commandment that every person that every person should be counted, but that every person in the world counts.


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